Queue ominous music.
No, it’s not really that bad. For some reason I have decided to take the 60 day Challenge at my Bikram studio. Basically, you try to take as many classes as possible in 60 days. If you take 40 classes you get 15% off your next month, if you do 50 classes you get 50% or something like that off and if you do all 60 classes you get your next month free. Needless to say it is pretty intense.

So when we start they give us a little book with things to think about and ways to help improve our health (mental, physical, emotional, physiological). The idea is to use Bikram as a gateway to improving your life and being the person you want to be. Or something like that…

Anyway, Bikram is pretty intense as it is, so I don’t know how I’m going to make it to 40 classes in 60 days. Needless to say it will not be easy. I may have to double up some days. We are also supposed to have goals coming into this and see how well we achieve our goals. So my goals are as follows:

1. Get rid of my back pain!
2. Actually be able to do half moon, triangle and camel pose properly and for the entire time both sets
3. Less knee pain
4. Cut out a significant amount of red bull from my diet.
5. Organise my mind and calm my thoughts.
6. Curb my temper
7. Actually make it to 40 classes

Not the easiest of goals to achieve in 60 days, but we shall see how things go.

One of the reasons I do Bikram is because it helps to detoxify the body, it helps get rid of that wretched water weight and it actually does help with my back pain. If I stop going the pain comes back, which is totally not cool, so a big driver is the back pain thing.

So for week one we have to examine our Dosha’s, which tells us things about our body, like what is best for us to eat to keep our Dosha balanced. Apparently I have a Pitta Dosha, which unsurprisingly, is associated with the element fire. Big shocker there right? So this week I’m supposed to examine what I eat, when I eat, why I’m eating what I’m eating and why I’m eating when I’m eating and make small adjustments accordingly. I should also take this time to mention that I am apparently supposed to stay away from eating things such as garlic and onion, which are a very significant chunk of my diet. I think I’ll ignore that part.

Being as my main goal is to cut out red bull I reckon I’ve done pretty well thus far. I had a red bull Monday, half a can on Tuesday and Wednesday and none thus far today (mainly because I have no money I think). I have been feeling like absolute crap lately and I’m assuming it’s due to excessive red bull consumption (can’t possibly be all the American cereal or the chocolate screwing with my system).

So basically, here’s to excessive amounts of yoga to make up for my excessive amounts of red bull which I’m supposed to stop drinking!

♥ Always